Natalie – My Native Portrait

Natalie native portrait copy

I chose to do these images as my native portrait because this Mayan pyramid is Chichen Itza which is one of my favorite pyramids from the Mayan civilization. With this photo I want to convey the message that I’m an urban indigenous youth with Mayan roots. Most people who are not knowledgable on indigenous people tend to have a stereotype for Mayans. Through this photo I want people to see that I am not just Mayan, but I’m also an urban indigenous youth who advocates for her community, Los Angeles.

Last Blog, Goodbye :(

Andrew H.



I wanna thank My mentor Adrian, for being a cool guy, We always joked around, kinda like a brother, who doesn’t beat me, lol just kidding. I respect him, And im thankful for having him as my mentor, hope I’l see you next year maybe If I do go. I also wanna thank uncle Mati for letting us stay in his village, I’ve been there before and I treat him and his family with respect, I also see him as family. R.I.P Sho Shui

Staying at Pitzer in a dorm, is really cool, It prepares me, when I actually go to college. When I’m there the college treats you with a lot of freedom, and pretty much they treat you like a adult. what I have learned over the past few days is being  responsible, and acting mature Like im responsible to get to my next class on time. washing my own cloths, And I have to act mature Because i’m already a young adult, Im not going to go climb or be loud around other dorms. That what I learned over the past few days.






photo shop done

My photo says no matter what tribe you have, be proud of your native pride and we all have a power and you will find out when you need it. And its says, love and like your culture music and try to learn your language.  Learn how to sing in your language. No matter where your from and where your people live, just be happy and love your people and be yourself.

Blog Prompt Arlene

Everyone guided me wherever I went. If I was confused(which I was a lot) everyone explained to how to do the problem or where I was supposed to be. I really enjoyed the program I made so many friendships with people. It was super fun to experience all these wonderful moments with these amazing people. I’m more outgoing and less shy speaking out loud in front of a group. This program was amazing I loved it a lot and I had a lot of fun. Thank you all for helping me out when I needed it your amazing!

Jada’s Blog

Having my mentor and the elders at the Native Youth 2 College program was a big help.I became friends with many people and had great experiences with other kids.The mentors  helped alot when I had writers block.They helped me when I didn’t know what to do.I had great experiences here and learned alot.One of my favorite things that we did here was going to the island and going kayaking.On the first day of the program I already didn’t like it but,later on I realized what a great privilege it is to come here and learn new things.I will miss everyone in the program and I hope to come again next year.43366806492_8a0625b6aa_z

nathen’s last blog

i just want to thank my ancestor for everything they have done. and i thank everyone i met in my live, because i had some pretty fun moments with them. i hope the same workers work next year because i feel really comfortable around them. the most impactful thing i did these two weeks i’d have to say was at wishtoyo.

Blog Prompt Arlene

Hello everyone I’m Arlene. The reason I created those photos of me in the water and in the winter was I just like those places first of all and how anyone can be in that weather. One of the photos was me balancing on a rock with snow, a wolf sleeping, and I guess a dove about to fly away. The other one was of me just feeling the breeze near the beach. There was a dolphin jumping out of the water and a baby turtle coming into the water for the first time I guess.


The last BLOG POST!!!!!!

Today was very fun I’d like to thank my elders, mentors teachers and peers for always being there for me and I enjoyed our two weeks together I hope that later on we can all come back together and have fun like a family. I hope that all of us can contribute a change this world so our elders, future elders, and families can live together in peace and harmony. The take aways from this experience was the amount of knowledge I gained that I can pass on to the next generation.

California native games7/18/19

Today was fun but sad at the same time knowing it was our last writing class, Mayan math class along with indigenous games for this year’s summer program. I ended up getting hit in the eye by a stick and the only thing that keep going through my mind was dang our ancestors would have  keep playing. So I was think “your only as strong as you will let yourself be” keep going you can do anything.


I thank my mentor for giving me my water bottle when I forgot it. It was very fun being here because we got to do games and stuff and we even got to go to the beach and an island. I also want to thank all of the elders and teachers for teaching me stuff. I also learned a lot of things while I was here. I’m happy that I will be able to come here next year. this experience will help me in school because I’ll be able to talk in front of the class without being scared.